The Tragedy of Incomplete Obedience
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Life has a way of handing us new challenges and circumstances, doesn't it? There seems to always be a new surprise around the corner and often times when it comes, our first response is, ''I'm not sure I can handle this? What am I going to do now?''
That's where Joshua was too! He had been assisting Moses for 40 years in guiding a large number of wanderers through the wilderness. But then Moses died, God gave Joshua a new responsibility: to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land!
Now last time from Joshua 1 we saw that God gave Joshua a Promise in verse 3, ''Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.'' That is, as he recognized the presence of God and acted accordingly, God would give him victory every place and every day.
That promise still stands today! As we recognize God's presence and act accordingly, we too will experience victory every place and every day.
God also gave Joshua a Plan in verse 8, ''This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.''
That is, consider God's Word as two bookends that hem in your day. That is, start your day off by meditating on God's Word and then end your day by meditating on God's Word and in between, be a doer of the Word.
Here's Gods plan for giving us everything we need to meet the demands of each day: Start in His Word in the morning giving us what's needed for that day's demands. Then end your day in His word, giving you what's needed having met that days demands.
God also gave Joshua a Power for in verse 9 we read, ''... Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.''
Now having received from G ...
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